Wedding season is upon us and one of the many items on a bride and groom’s long to-do/wish list may very well include having their wedding announcement published in the New York Times (or not!). This time last year, when my husband and I were planning a wedding, we figured it was a pretty long shot getting our own announcement published, but we also thought our families — and friends … and future kiddos — would get a kick out of it if we somehow made it happen. Kinda like, “Can you believe the Times actually let those dorks grace its pages?” And you know what? It did! My husband and I are not rich, don’t have particularly impressive pedigrees, didn’t graduate from Ivy League schools, and can’t call ourselves doctors, lawyers or investment bankers (at least, not with a straight face), but the New York Times still published our wedding announcement anyway. And if the Paper of Record can let a couple of average Joes like us into their esteemed wedding section, it’s certainly possible for you to land a coveted slot too. After the jump, check out my tips for getting your wedding announcement published in the New York Times. Keep reading »
“I wear a lot of longer skirts and dresses and I want to switch things up. I saw this really cool short, tight dress while out shopping the other day and I want it but I’m not sure how to wear it without looking inappropriate. Ideas?”–Linda
First up, if appropriate is what you’re going for, back away now. If, however, what you mean by “without looking inappropriate” is “without looking like a street walker,” we can help. Take the jump for a few tips and start practicing exiting vehicles in a ladylike fashion now. Keep reading »
Apparently tie dye is a full-blown trend at this point; we literally can’t go a day without being visually assaulted by the stuff. Sometimes, the girls we see wearing it are pulling it off. Other times, however, it’s a hot hippie mess all over the place. If you insist on joining the hordes of latter-day-free-lovers, make sure to get it right. A few tips after the jump. Keep reading »
GQ put together what a list of the top 25 vintage shops in the country, and we were sad to see that two of our absolute favorite spots for retro duds were nowhere to be found. Why no Ebay and Etsy, boys? They may have no physical location, but they’ve got more great finds than all the shops on GQ‘s list combined. That said, shopping for vintage in real life is hard: trying to find quality without touching the goods can be really daunting. Take the jump for a few tips to separate the good from the tired. Keep reading »
Model Iekeline Stange is a master of some pretty intense mixing and matching. Her skills are so prodigious, in fact, that Modelinia put together a post on ways to steal her style. They were a little conservative though, given that Stange is generally wearing a handful of different prints, textures and accessories at any given time. Take the jump for tips on how to successfully mix and match really intensely without crossing the line into ridiculousness. Keep reading »
It took me three hours, but I finally tamed the mess of shoes, belts and bags that had been holding my room hostage for weeks. I live in New York, so my apartment is tiny, but definitely not small enough that accessories should make it impossible for me to actually walk around in my bedroom. I’d been practicing the flying leap from doorway to bed method. Or sometimes just sleeping with my roommate to avoid the issue entirely. Needless to say, the whole thing was getting pathetic. So, with the help of an over-the-door shoe rack, two pretty shoe boxes and a bunch of garbage bags, I fixed the situation. Here’s how to turn a sea of shoes and more belts than anyone needs into something less likely to make your room a major cause of rage.
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Over the weekend I threw a big birthday bash for my husband’s 40th. It was the third party we’ve thrown in the last year — not counting small dinner parties — and about the tenth or so since I moved in almost three years ago, so I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about being a good hostess. It’s a lot of work, but I like entertaining and with all of us getting older, starting families, and watching our budgets in this economy, parties are often the only time we all have a chance to get together and catch up these days. Plus, people seem to have a great time at our place and that always makes the effort worth it. After the jump, check out my top tips for throwing a kick-ass party. Keep reading »
We’re fans of this cheap-y, cute take on Cartier’s Charity Love bracelets. So when we saw these copycat bracelets over at P.S. I Made This, we planned a trip to the hardware store. The supplies for each bracelet cost less than a couple bucks, so make a bunch, stack them together and get a bright bangle look going. [P.S. I Made This] Keep reading »
It’s pretty warm out these days and I kind of want to wear my summer wardrobe. Is it too early? Every time I see girls dressed head to toe for summer in early April I can’t help but think it looks a little dumb.–Nina
The weather in New York right now is frickin’ gorgeous. It’s sunny, warm, birds are out, people are falling in love, etc. That said, if we see one more girl in a tank top, bootie shorts and flips-flops, we will rage out. The desire to take a spot of warm weather and act like it’s full-on summer is understandable — we all want to go there. But please, ladies, a little self-control. Instead of going all-out beach-ready, dress your summer wardrobe up the right way for spring. Take the jump and we’ll show you how to accessorize last summer’s floral frocks and the cute little sundresses you can’t wait to wear without looking seasonally confused. Keep reading »
I bought this gray pinstriped suit jacket the other day, and I really like it, but it was being sold in the separates section so I couldn’t find the pants that were supposed to go with it in my size. So … what CAN I wear it with? Are black pants acceptable? Navy? Should I cut my losses and return it?
Alternately, have you ever considered doing a post about suit rules? Two of my suitemates are about to graduate and last week we were all sitting in the kitchen trying to help one of them decide what to wear to an interview. I’m sure a lot of first time suit-buyers could use a guideline on what’s acceptable and what’s not. – Karen
Suits can suck pretty hard if done wrong. Take the jump for some tips on doing it right. Keep reading »